How to Apply Chicken Manure to Lawn


Adding manure to your lawn will create a lush, healthy yard. There are a variety of manures to choose from, but chicken manure provides exemplary organic fertilizer for lawns. It cannot be applied fresh, and is high in urea, which makes it a "hot" manure. "Hot" manure contains high concentrations of nitrogen and ammonia compounds (making the manure highly acidic) that will burn plant roots and impede seed germination. It does need to compost, though, for at least 4 months before being used. To ensure an even application of manure, make a compost tea and spray it over your yard.

Step 1

Fill trash can three-quarters full with water. Put the burlap into the trash, draping the edges around the sides. Tie the rope around the top of the container to hold the burlap in place.

Step 2

Fill the burlap with composted chicken manure. Untie the rope and pull the sides of the burlap together and tie them securely with the nylon rope. Leave the burlap bag (tea bag) in the water and close the lid of the trash can. Allow to steep for 3 weeks.

Step 3

Remove the burlap tea bag and put the leftovers in a compost bin. Scoop liquefied manure into the hose-end spray pump and attach to the garden hose. Set the hose-end spray pump to use 3 tablespoons per gallon. Spray the manure and water mixture evenly over the yard--make sure to soak the ground. Fertilize established yards in the fall and spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Composted chicken manure
  • 35-gallon trash can with lid
  • Burlap
  • Nylon rope
  • Hose-end spray pump
  • Garden hose


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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.